Arundel is perhaps the prettiest town in West Sussex. Clustered around the vast fairytale Arundel Castle, its hillside streets burst with antique stores, teashops, excellent restaurants, and boutique hotels. While most of the town appears medieval, most of it dates from Victorian times. Arundel Castle was originally built in the 11th century and was mostly destroyed during the English Civil War. The current duke still lives in part of the castle. Highlights include the massive Great Hall and library which has paintings by Gainsborough and Holbein. The other architectural landmark in town is Arundel’s ostentatious 19th century cathedral which was built in the French Gothic style of the 15th duke. Arundel is a great town for a weekend getaway or stopover.